Jones, Garrett Issue Statements on Wade Wilson

Feb 03, 2019, 00:38
Jones, Garrett Issue Statements on Wade Wilson

Wilson died at his home in the Dallas suburb of Coppell. Wilson made an impact on several organizations as a player, including the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys, and Oakland Raiders in a playing career which spanned 17 years.

Wilson later spent 14 seasons as the quarterbacks coach in Dallas, working with QBs such as Tony Romo and Dak Prescott. Aikman's final season was Wilson's first as QB coach. He tutored Tony Romo, an undrafted free agent who became the franchise's all-time leader with 248 touchdown passes, and Dak Prescott, who was named National Football League rookie of the year in 2016 after being selected by Dallas in the fourth round of the draft. He served as Troy Aikman's backup on the Cowboys Super Bowl XXX championship team in 1995.

Wilson, a Commerce native who played college ball at East Texas State, also played for the Vikings, Falcons, Saints and Raiders over his National Football League career, which spanned 1981 to 1999. He was the team's quarterbacks coach through the 2017 season.

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Wilson completed his career with a 75.6 quarterback rating on 1,391-of-2,428 passing for 17,283 yards.

"I am forever grateful for his friendship, " Garrett said.

An eighth-round draft pick of the Vikings in 1981, Wilson appeared in 76 games for Minnesota, with 48 starts.

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His former Minnesota teammates recalled in a story for the team's website that Wilson overcame a diagnosis of diabetes early in his career.

"He got along with everybody, " said Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, who was on the Dallas staff with Wilson.

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